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Bahrain erupts in violence

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 01:39

Mar 13 - Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds in Bahrain as violence erupts. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A demonstrator in Bahrain pleads with police amid protests. Amateur videos shows the man stumbling after the police fire at him. When the man recovers and stands up -- he is shot once again. Demonstrations in Bahrain are growing increasingly violent as citizens continue to call for change. There have been few major confrontations between protesters and police since last month, but there have been clashes between mainly Shi'ite opponents of the government and Sunni supporters. Protesters blocked a main thoroughfare to Bahrain's Financial Harbor Sunday, a major business district in the Gulf Arab banking center. Demonstrators face off with police who fire rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets. The Financial Harbor has become a symbol of what protesters say are royal excesses. The kingdom has seen weeks of rallies by its Shi'ite majority, which says it is discriminated against by the Sunni royal family. The unrest is being closely watched in Saudi Arabia, where Shi'ites represent some 15 percent of the population. At a hospital, the wounded are pouring in. Amid the violence Bahrain's crown prince is trying to offer the opposition assurances that national dialogue would address their demands. The White House is urging Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, to show restraint and engage in dialogue. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Bahrain erupts in violence

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 01:39